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2018 NYRA Racing Calendar Offers 229 Days Of Live Thoroughbred Action

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released its 2018 racing calendar, which calls for 229 days of live thoroughbred action at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Once again, the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will serve as the anchor for a spectacular year of racing. The meet, […]

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Keen Ice To Miss Classic With Ankle Injury, Retired To Stud At Calumet Farm

Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice will commence his retirement and forego competing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Ice, as the horse is affectionately known, wrenched his right ankle galloping this week. The injury was not severe, but it was enough for owners to withdraw him from the race, scheduled to be the last of his career. […]

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West Coast ‘Not Even Blowing’ After Classic Breeze With Hoppertunity

Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old colt West Coast had his penultimate breeze before the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Sunday, working six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 at Santa Anita. Under Drayden Van Dyke, the son of Flatter went in company with Hoppertunity for trainer Bob Baffert, passing his workmate in the stretch. “He walks off […]

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In Arrogate’s First Work Since Pacific Classic, Baffert Seeks ‘Input’ From Rider Bejarano

Still the highest-rated racehorse of 2017 by Longines, Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate worked on Monday for the first time since the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic, reports bloodhorse.com. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled Song breezed a half mile by himself over the Santa Anita strip in :49 3/5, ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Jockey Martin Garcia is Arrogate’s […]

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West Coast ‘Looked Impressive’ Breezing With Cupid Monday At Del Mar

Travers winner West Coast hit the work tab for the first time since his landmark victory on Monday, breezing three furlongs at Del Mar in company with G1 Gold Cup winner Cupid. According to bloodhorse.com, the pair were given a time of :35 3/5 for the distance. “They were just breezing—just galloping,” trainer Bob Baffert said. […]

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‘Have Fun And Entertain’: Collmus Reflects On Third Year At The Spa

Track announcer Larry Collmus is preparing to wrap up his third season of calling the races at Saratoga Race Course on Monday. He took some time to reflect on the season with the Saratogian, detailing the ways in which he injects a bit of humor into the job. “I do have a little fun with names, […]

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Irish War Cry Breezes Five Furlongs Toward Pennsylvania Derby

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry recorded a five-furlong breeze at Fair Hill Training Center on Monday, beginning in company with Spring Quality and pulling away late in a time of 1:01.4. Herringswellstables.com reports that the 3-year-old son of Curlin is being pointed to the Pennsylvania Derby. The Graham Motion trainee was most recently fourth in […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Flatter ‘Nothing But Good’ For Connections

With a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, West Coast defeated each winner of the 2017 classics, as well as the winners of the Haskell and Jim Dandy. Now a winner in five of his seven starts, West Coast never has finished worse than second, and his earnings to date stand at $993,800. […]

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Classic Empire ‘Not Going To Make The Pennsylvania Derby’

Temperamental 3-year-old Classic Empire has officially been taken out of consideration for the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com on Monday. The Pioneerof the Nile colt had recently shipped from Saratoga, where he’d refused to train on several occasions, back to Casse’s farm in Ocala. It was a move that worked for […]

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‘Very Happy’ Gunnevera May Head Straight To Breeders’ Cup Classic

Margoth’s multiple graded stakes-winner Gunnevera, second at 24-1 to West Coast in the Travers, was scheduled to leave Saratoga Sunday evening for the long van ride back to South Florida. Trainer Antonio Sano said he should rejoin his string at Gulfstream Park West Tuesday morning. As he did on the Triple Crown trail, former trainer Larry Kelly was driving Gunnevera […]

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